Narmada gets ‘living entity’ status

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 May 2017 11:17:22


Staff Reporter,

Government resolution to declare Narmada river as living entity was passed during the one-day special session of Madhya Pradesh Assembly on Wednesday. Now, Narmada river is having all the rights like a living person and if any one hurts it, legal action can be taken against him

Government resolution to declare Narmada river as living entity was passed during the one-day special session of Madhya Pradesh Assembly on Wednesday. Now, Narmada river is having all the rights like a living person and if any one hurts it, legal action can be taken against him.


It was Environment Minister Antar Singh Arya who tabled the resolution in Assembly that Narmada river should get status of living entity. After debate on this topic, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, Narmada river is life-providing river as its water is used for irrigation, power production purpose, etc. He said, many great personalities, including Magsaysay Award winner Rajendra Singh, environmentalist Sunita Narayan, Dalai Lama came to take part in Narmada Yatra.


Countering the Congress allegation that Narmada Yatra has turned out to be political sojourn, he said that it is purely non-political yatra. Talking in depth about the situation of Narmada river, the CM said that he himself has seen that flow of Narmada river was hampered at many places and it was due to this reason that thought of protecting Narmada river came to his mind.


It was scientists and thinkers, who suggested plantation of trees on the banks of Narmada river as Narmada river does not originate from glaciers. Rather, it is the release of absorbed water by trees, which forms the course of Narmada river. Answering to the reservation of Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh that he was not invited in the Narmada Yatra, Chouhan said that it was in this House itself that he had extended the invitation to all the Opposition members. Replying to the charge of Opposition that dirty water is getting mixed in Narmada river, the Chief Minister